Chris Wilder expects another tough away day, when the Blades kick-off 2019 at the DW Stadium.
Looking ahead to face Paul Cook's Wigan Athletic, Wilder knows the Latics boss will be looking for a positive result on Tuesday as the hosts look to halt a slide down the Sky Bet Championship.
Wilder commented: "It can affect you when you lose a few players, Wigan aren't the biggest of spenders having got back into the division.
"They've added a few to what they already had, but they've perhaps suffered with injuries and individuals having dips in form.
"But like Blackburn, they were positive at Bramall Lane. They were 2-0 up at Swansea at the weekend before being pegged back late on."
He continued: "I know Paul (Cook) far too well to expect them to roll over for us. He's got some technically gifted players, some excellent footballers and he's enjoyed success not only at Wigan, but also at Chesterfield and Portsmouth.
"He has attributes and qualities that will transfer into his players and he will see it as a game that can really get them going early in 2019."